Washington Academy of Sciences

Awards for Scientific Achievement

 In order to recognize scientific work of merit and distinction, the Washington Academy of Sciences gives awards annually to scientists who work in the greater Washington D.C. area.  These awards are presented by a colleague at our Annual Awards Banquet, which is a formal affair with a gourmet dinner in the Washington, DC area.  This year the Awards Banquet will be held on May 11 at the NRECA Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22203, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  The public is invited to attend and to help us celebrate and recognize the extraordinary achievements of a select group of scientists and engineers.   The registration page is here.

The Awards Program, begun in 1940, is literally a catalog of a “golden age” of scientific achievement and leadership.  While we have honored these scientists over the decades, we equally have been honored by our association with them.

Nominations for Awards

We are continuing the annual tradition and will consider nominations submitted in any scientific or engineering discipline, including biological sciences, engineering, mathematics and computer science, physical sciences, behavioral and social sciences, and health sciences, in the following categories:

Distinguished Career Award

To recognize people who have had a significant impact on any scientific or engineering discipline.  This is a lifetime achievement award.

Excellence in Research Award

To recognize people for outstanding research contributions in any scientific or engineering discipline.

Leadership Award

To recognize an individual in the government or industry for outstanding leadership in advancing science or engineering.

Teaching Awards

To recognize people for their excellence in teaching. There are three types of teaching awards: 1) Krupsaw Award for Non-Traditional Teaching; 2) Lamberton Award for Teaching of Science in High School; 3) Leo Schubert Award for Teaching of Science in College.

What to Submit

The nomination package should contain the following:
• Cover letter from the nominator which clearly states the award category and/or specific discipline (e.g., Distinguished Career Award in Science or Excellence in Research Award in Mathematics and Computer Science or the appropriate teaching award). The cover letter should also state how the nominator knows the nominee.
• Nominee’s latest curriculum vitae, which should include home and business contact information (address, e-mail, telephone numbers).
• A statement (not exceeding 750 words) on the nominee’s contributions and impact.
• At least one and no more than five recommendation letters from individuals who can assess the nominee’s contributions and impacts.
• Citation: State briefly the nominee’s principal scientific contributions (should not exceed 25 words).

Where to Submit

All nominations should be submitted to the Vice President for Membership Affairs via email to   If it is not practical to send the nomination through email then the nomination should be mailed to the Awards Committee, Washington Academy of Sciences, Suite GL117, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20005.